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Books by Stefan Stenudd:
Tao Te Ching
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
This book presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Cosmos of the Ancients
The philosophers of Ancient Greece and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Your 2013 Horoscope
Astrological 2013 Predictions for the World and the Zodiac Signs. This book explains how forecasting with the horoscope is done, and includes extensive predictions for the coming year. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
The Book of Change
The I Ching Trigrams
Eight Basic Principles
I Ching consists of 64 hexagrams, which are all the possible combinations of eight trigrams - three lines that are either solid or broken (yang or yin). Here are the eight trigrams and the principles they represent.
1 - Heaven
Trigram 1 is Heaven (qián or ch'ien), consisting of three solid Yang lines. Yang stands for heaven, light, and warmth. The trigram represents creativity, since Heaven is in Ancient Chinese thought regarded as the origin of the world and the mightiest force in it. It also denotes the dry warming of the sun, and it suggests the male principle.
2 - Lake
Trigram 2 is the Lake (duì or tui), the big body of water. The trigram represents the joyous and open.
3 - Fire
Trigram 3 is Fire (lí or li), the consuming energy, which is also one of the five Chinese elements. The trigram represents the clinging and radiance. It also stands for breaking free and departing.
4 - Thunder
Trigram 4 is Thunder (zhèn or chen), the powerful voice of heaven. The trigram represents the arousing and shaking.
5 - Wind
Trigram 5 is Wind (xùn or sun), the movement of air, which is one of the five Chinese elements. The trigram represents the gentle and obedient, but also the ground, which is where the wind is felt and shows its power.
6 - Water
Trigram 6 is Water (kan or k'an), which is one of the five Chinese elements. Th trigram represents the abysmal, the gorge, since that's where the water naturally travels.
7 - Mountain
Trigram 7 is the Mountain (gèn or ken), rooted in the earth and towering towards heaven. The trigrams represents stillness and they bound, since a mountain remains where it is, seemingly forever.
8 - Earth
Trigram 8 is Earth (kun or k'un), consisting of three broken Yin lines. Yin stands for earth, dark, and cold. It's the symbol of the female principle. The trigram represents the receptive, since that is traditionally seen as the role of earth in relation to heaven. It also represents the field on which is grown what we need to survive.
HexagramsIn I Ching, the eight trigrams are combined in pairs into hexagrams - all possible combinations being 8 x 8 = 64 hexagrams. Here they all, and the number they are assigned to in the I Ching:
I'm a Swedish writer and instructor of the peaceful martial art aikido. In addition to fiction, I've written books about Taoism as well as other Chinese and Japanese traditions. I'm also a historian of ideas, researching the thought patterns in creation myths. Google Profile. Here is my personal website: stenudd.com
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